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Transit outlook for Super Bowl weekend

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(Credit: A K-9 unit patrols through Penn Station on Jan. 30, 2014. (John Moore/Getty Images))

The MTA will add service and suspend Manhattan track repairs for the mass transit rush on Super Bowl Sunday.

Over the weekend, there will be six extra Long Island Rail Road trains and on Saturday an additional 16 Metro-North trains on the New Haven Line and two on the Hudson line. On Saturday, there will be extra No. 1 trains and rush-hour level service on the Times Square shuttle for people...

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Inauguration speeches target Bloomberg's legacy

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(Credit: Michael Bloomberg, middle, at the inauguration. (Getty))

Actor Harry Belafonte lamented “issues of race perpetuated by the depth of human indifference to poverty.” A chaplain’s invocation bemoaned “the plantation of New York City.” The new public advocate, Letitia James, assailed “land grabs for more luxury condos.”

As the 109th mayor was sworn in yesterday, speaker after speaker at Bill de Blasio’s inauguration ripped the 108th mayor’s legacy....

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Closed since Sandy, South Ferry station could reopen in 2016

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(Credit: The South Ferry station after Hurricane Sandy. (MTA))

The South Ferry station in lower Manhattan that was battered by Superstorm Sandy could be reopened in 2016, though not completely resilient to massive flooding, an MTA official said Monday.

John O'Grady, the program executive for Sandy recovery for NYC Transit, said waterproofing the signal room in the lowest level of the station would be the "largest challenge as we move forward,"...

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Fast food workers keep heat on higher wages in citywide protests

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(Credit: Fast food workers protest in front of the Wendy's on Fulton Street in downtown Brooklyn. (Getty))

Hundreds of fast food workers Thursday held another protest against low wages at major chain restaurants.

Employees of McDonalds, Burger King, Wendy's and other restaurants joined with union members and elected officials across the city in seeking a $15 an hour wage. The protest, part of a nationwide action, ended at a rally in Foley Square.

Protesting workers said they do more than...

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De Blasio's transit plan calls for increased bus service, funding

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Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has a powerful perch to implement his vision for transportation in the city.

De Blasio, who controls four votes on the MTA board, laid out a transportation agenda during the campaign that focuses on better transit service for outerborough neighborhoods to meet growing demand there; improving pedestrian safety through his "Vision Zero" plan for eliminating...

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Poll: State voters back de Blasio's tax plan

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Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s signature campaign pledge on raising taxes for education got a boost from a poll Wednesday showing a majority of state voters back the proposal.

A Quinnipiac University poll showed 63% of voters in New York State back De Blasio’s plan to hike taxes on wealthier New York City residents making $500,000 a year or more.

The plan needs approval from Albany in...

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Holiday congestion becoming a normal flight experience: Reports

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(Credit: Passengers at LaGuardia Airport. (Michael E. Ach))

The stressful passenger crowding, delays and congestion common at area airports near the holiday season could become the norm, according to two reports released Wednesday.

The reports from the U.S. Travel Association and the Eno Center for Transportation warn that America's aviation system is reaching capacity, particularly in the New York City-area airports, John F. Kennedy, Newark Liberty...

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Bratton praises de Blasio's safe streets 'vision'

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(Credit: Bill Bratton backs the mayor-elect's plan for safe streets. (Anthony Lanzilote))

Former and potential future NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton Tuesday backed Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio's "Vision Zero" pedestrian safety proposal to eliminate fatalities.

Bratton-Mayor Rudy Giuliani's top cop who also led police departments in Los Angeles and Boston-said at a street safety forum that de Blasio can build upon Mayor Michael Bloomberg's efforts to change the city's landscape...

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Five ideas to change the subway experience

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As the MTA aims to bring subway service into the 21st century with wireless service in stations and countdown clocks, ideas abound about improving the riding experience. While the ideas can range from fantastical to common sense, amNY picked five of the most intriguing ideas for changing the riding experience.

1: Music turnstiles

Forget buskers — musician and former LCD Soundsystem frontman...

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Alleged hit-and-run driver in Bronx gets murder charge

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A 22-year-old man was charged Sunday with two counts of murder in connection with a hit-and-run that killed a Wakefield man.

Police said Henry Lawrence, of Eastchester, was driving a 1988 Toyota Sienna east, barreling down a sidewalk at a high speed when it struck 32-year-old Derrick Callender outside his apartment building at East 233rd Street near White Plains Road shortly after midnight...

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